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The 5 Most Hardcore Ninja Video Games

1. Ninja Gaiden II (Nintendo Entertainment System)

NINJA GAIDEN II MAKES CONTRA FOR THE NES LOOK LIKE TIGGER’S HONEY HUNT BY COMPARISON. IT IS THE FINEST NINJA GAME EVER CRAFTED, WITH ITS ANIME CUTSCENES SERVING AS A REWARD FOR EVEN THE MOST GRUELING STAGES.

RYU HAYABUSA CAN COPY HIMSELF AS MANY TIMES AS NEED BE, BUT ONLY A NINJA DEMIGOD WILL MAKE IT PAST ACT 2 WITHOUT A GAME GENIE.

2. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (Sega Genesis)

EVERY SHINOBI GAME IS WELL KNOWN FOR ITS EXTREME DIFFICULTY AND DEADLY NINJA OPPONENTS, BUT SHINOBI III GOES OVER THE TOP WITH NINJAS IN MOBILE SUITS.

IF YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO DEFEAT THE ARMORED SAMURAI WARRIORS YOU WILL NOT STAND A GHOST OF A CHANCE AGAINST ZEON’S MOBILE SUIT NINJA SQUAD.

3. Conquest of the Crystal Palace (NES)

DON’T LET CONQUEST OF THE CRYSTAL PALACE’S CUTESY ANIME LOOKS FOOL YOU. IT TOOK THE REPTILE SEVERAL HOURS TO OVERTAKE THE FIRST MOUNTAIN LEVEL EVEN IN HIS STRONGEST FORM. THIS GAME IS AS HARD AS GHOSTS AND GOBLINS COMBINED WITH CONTRA.

IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WHO DISLIKE ENDLESS, REPETITIVE NINJA DEATH.

4. Bushido Blade (Playstation 1)

BUSHIDO BLADE COMES OUT ON TOP AS THE MOST INTENSE NINJA, WEAPONS-BASED FIGHTING GAME BECAUSE OF SLASH MODE, WHERE THE GOAL IS TO KILL 100 OF THE DEADLIEST NINJAS TO EVER TRAIN IN THE ART OF BUSHIDO.

THE VS MODE PITS A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT NINJAS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER IN INSTANT DEATH SAMURAI SWORD COMBAT.

5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)

AH YES, THE NINJA TURTLES.

THE LIZARD MASTER HAS PLAYED THE SO-CALLED NINJA TURTLES ARCADE GAMES. THESE PATHETIC — YET FUN — BABY GAMES POSED NO CHALLENGE TO THE REPTILE EVEN IN HIS SALAMANDER FORM.

HOWEVER, THE FIRST TURTLES GAME ON THE NES IS SO DIFFICULT THAT THE REPTILE COULD NOT DEFEAT THE TURTLE VAN LEVELS EVEN IN HIS FINAL REPTILIAN-CHIMPANZEE FORM.